Camp for Your Health

Healthy camping. Sound too good to be true? If you have been changing the way you eat, exercise and live, then visions of being trapped in the woods for a couple nights with potato chips, hot dogs and s’mores are probably the daunting visions that resonate in your mind whenever “going camping” is mentioned.

Have no fear! Camping for the weekend doesn’t have to mean that you have to throw away weeks of hard work. Actually, getting away from the stresses of day to day life can provide you with the relaxation you need to refresh your mind and body!

To keep your camping experience healthier, here are some simple tips:

Make a menu before you go. Try to at least concentrate on what you’ll be making for breakfast and dinner, the meals that the family will be most likely be eating together. Try to make the meals fun and involve everyone!

Stay active. Search for areas with plenty to do like hiking trails and games. If possible, bring your bikes!

Make sure you have plenty of fresh drinking water. If you’ll be staying at a site that doesn’t have full hookups, you may want to consider bringing your own water; and drink plenty of it! Staying hydrated is vital to your health especially if the weather is hot.

Don’t forget the sunscreen and bug repellent! Even the best of trips can quickly turn into nightmares with the pain of a sunburn or the attack of hungry mosquitoes!

With just a little planning, camping can be a time to reflect on nature, get back to the basics of life and rediscover the things that are really important.

Happy Camping!

Camping, Lomond Campground Gros Morne National Park Newfoundland and Labrador

Back to School Boot Camp 2016

  • Weekly nutrition and menu planning classes
  • Personalized eating plan
  • One-on-one counseling
  • Easy and effective exercise circuit
  • Soothing relaxation treatments
  • Weight loss supplement package
  • 10-day Detox system
  • Exercise classes and plans
  • Weekly educational classes
  • Before and after body composition analysis
  • No contract necessary

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Every class attendee will be entered to win 1/2 off!

Monday September 12 at 6pm & Wednesday September 14 at 9am
Limited Space. RSVP 541-471-2224!


“My Boot Camp experience has been a fun and exciting way to “broaden my horizons”. Stepping outside my box is not always easy for me. It was a positive and rewarding experience. It’s about fun, new exercises, new friends and much more.“
~ Kathi W.

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“I would recommend it to anyone regardless of their fitness level or whatever they want to lose weight or not. I didn’t think Boot Camp would be for me since I didn’t have much more weight to lose. Boy was I wrong! I am now 10 lbs lighter and more fit than I have been in a long time. I feel fantastic and the Detox Program was great too.“
~ Jeanette B.


“After talking to my friend and years of frustration of gaining weight, I decided that this is something I need and want to do for myself. I have back problems and with the extra weight was getting worse, along with battling Sciatic pain, new pain and lacking energy. I was not doing what I loved. Joining the new well’s Boot Camp was the best decision I have made. I have met 40% of my goal and learned so much that will be a lifestyle change and I feel great!”
~ Michelle Z.


“Boot Camp has been motivating and provided me with the accountability I need. Boot Camp included all the aspects of getting healthy, self-talk, meal planning, fitness, relaxation and making connections with others. On top of that having a Boot Camp counselor available at all times for questions and motivation has made this a great experience for me.”
~ Kristi T.


“I joined Boot Camp to a get a jump on my weight loss / feel better journey. I’ve met many, many, new people and different things to do, that I never thought I’d do. I’ve done Pickleball, yoga, started walking almost daily, circuit workout, the Detox and Synergie. I’ve found my bloat feeling gone and feel better overall. I still have a long way to go, but I’m on my way.”
~ Wilma H.


The Biggest Loser Community Challenge and Information Night…

The new well is proud to announce that we have partnered with Asante, the Chamber of Commerce, KOBI, and KAJO/KLDR to bring to Grants Pass the Biggest Loser Community Challenge. This fun, health and wellness challenge will get our community moving, eating better, having fun and losing weight! Compete against family members, friends, coworkers and other companies in our community for exciting prizes! You will earn points by simply drinking your water, eating nutritious foods and staying active, bottom line, the more participation the greater your chances of winning prizes. If you want to know more about the Community Challenge the new well will be hosting an information night on Monday, February 22nd at 5 pm at the Club Northwest, You can also visit the Biggest Loser Website or call the new well  at 541-471-2224.

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Vision Journal Workshop

Healthy eating and exercise are not the only factors you have to consider when losing weight. Usually when you start a weight loss program, you have intentions to stay on plan, but outside factors often get in the way of your success. Having a solid foundation, positive attitude and specific set goals will help aid in your weight loss efforts. In our Vision Journal workshop, we will touch on each of the subjects listed above. The journey to health and wellness is tough, but with a great support system and hard work, anything is possible!

For more information on our Vision Journal Workshop, contact the new well at 541-471-2224, we are here for you.

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Weight Loss, Health Management, and how to make it happen!

Yes, the new well is a weight loss and wellness program and we teach this all year, but in January we will be paying extra attention to planning your whole year and our classes will all be structured around this. Some other things that fall under this category are:

  • How to set goals and keep them
  • What does it mean to be a good support system? (Bring your spouse or others you would like to support you.)
  • How to plan and prep meals in advance
  • What kind of exercise should I be doing to reach my goals?
  • How do I fit it all in my schedule?
  • And much more!

On January 21st at 6 pm at the Club Northwest in Grants Pass, we will provide the tools you need to succeed, not only in your weight loss journey, but your overall wellness.  Dinner will be provided, we will be serving plan compliant Chili!!! You are more than welcome to bring a healthy dish to share (and the recipe) if you would like. For more information or if you would like your name to be put on the list of attendees , please contact the new well at 541-471-2224.


Make Fresh Produce Last Longer

  1. Keep your fridge clean! I know it’s not fun, but it is a necessary evil if you want food to last longer. Leftover residue or mold spores can increase the spoilage of all your food that is in the fridge.
  2. Don’t store fruits and vegetables near a gas stove. Natural gas has been shown to increase ripening just like Ethylene gas.
  3. Don’t store fruits and vegetables in an area that tends to have smoke and/or heat (this includes the stove/toaster oven and cigarette smoke). The exhaust and heat from these and certain combustion engines can increase the amount of Ethylene gas that gets produced and speeds up the ripening process.
  4. Get an Ethylene gas absorber for your fridge, or there are also special bags that you can buy for storing produce.
  5. Place fresh herbs and leafy greens in a jar or vase of water, just like you would a bouquet of flowers. They’ll last longer and you’ll have a beautifully green arrangement!
  6. Here’s a fun trick for onions: If you want them to last up to 8 months, all you need do is grab that old pair of panty-hose you’ve been allowing to hide in the back of your top dresser drawer, place the onions in the panty-hose, and then tie a knot in between each one to keep them separate. Then hang this from the ceiling.
  7. Dried green onions/chives can be chopped up and stored in a plastic water bottle and kept in the freezer. When you’re ready to use some, just pull this out and sprinkle for a little somethin’ somethin’ to add to your dish.
  8. Store potatoes with apples to keep them from sprouting, and don’t let them anywhere near your panty-hose onions. Onions will make them go bad faster, but apples are a potatoes’ best friend!
  9. When it comes to chopped up salad greens, your worst enemy is moisture. If you can keep the moisture at a minimum, then you’ll keep your greens longer. Keep them in a bowl with a paper towel, and cover with plastic wrap. The paper towel will absorb the excess moisture.
  10. Don’t add tomatoes to your stored salad greens. The tomatoes contain the moisture that will wilt and rot your greens quickly.
  11. Trapped moisture will also make mushrooms go bad. Store them in a brown paper bag in the fridge or a cool, dry place. Don’t use plastic or glass, as this will trap in moisture.
  12. Don’t overstock the fridge. This leads to poor air circulation, and we want to keep our fruits and veggies at optimal temperature!
  13. Clean your berries, fruits, and greens in a mixture of 10 parts water and 1 part white vinegar. Not only will this remove excess dirt and even pesticides, but it will also help them last longer by preventing mold.
  14. To keep cut apples, avocados, or guacamole from turning brown, spritz with a little lemon juice and then cover with plastic.
  15. Remove rotten apples immediately, because one rotten apple WILL spoil the entire bunch.
  16. Keep bananas away from your other produce, as they produce some of the highest amounts of Ethylene gas.
  17. Place plastic wrap around the crown of your banana bunch to keep them lasting longer. Side note: If you want them to ripen super-fast, place them in a closed plastic bag. Since they emit so much Ethylene gas, they’ll ripen quickly when the gas is trapped by the bag.
  18. Tomatoes should stay at room temperature and away from sunlight. If you have your own tomato plant, you should pick tomatoes as soon as you notice that they are ripe. The sun does an excellent job at ripening and spoiling them (especially once they are off the stem). Be sure not to store your tomatoes in plastic, as this will trap moisture and increase the likelihood of spoilage.
  19. If you’d like to make your herbs last even longer, consider drying them. Bunch herbs loosely together with some string, and then hang in your kitchen.
  20. Here’s another fun way to store herbs: Cut them up, place in an ice tray, add olive oil, and then freeze. Then you have oil and herbs for your dishes at a moment’s notice!
  21. If you’re into using roots like ginger or turmeric in either your cooking or juicing, you can store these in the freezer and they’ll still grate quite easily (peel and all!).
  22. Use glassware for fridge storage of fruits and veggies. Many plastics may contain harmful chemicals that can increase spoilage. This is just another reason to have more fun Mason jars! You can even freeze mason jars!
  23. Store your nuts in Mason jar and keep them in the freezer.  The key with nuts is avoiding moisture and air.
  24. Don’t keep your produce in the door of the fridge where temperatures are going to fluctuate. Keep them in the middle or your bottom drawers to keep temps more consistent.

Prepare Your Skin for Spring

As we’re in the first weeks of spring, some of us have already begun spring cleaning our homes, but most of us neglect one of the most important spring cleanings of all: our skin. After months of indoor heat and cold weather, our first impulse is to ditch the sweaters and boots, and break out the sandals, sleeveless shirts, and shorts, as the days get longer, and the temperatures begin to rise. Before you begin to reveal what’s hiding underneath your clothes, make these six changes to your beauty routine to protect the skin on your face and body:

  1. Choose a Lighter Moisturizer – Although it’s the end of winter, and your skin may not be as dry during spring, it’s important to continue to moisturize daily to protect your skin. Opt for a lighter moisturizer, and wear minimal makeup to prevent clogged pores, whiteheads, blackheads, and acne, since the skin is typically oiler in warmer climates. Applying a lighter moisturizer will prevent pores from clogging and help your skin feel lighter, but hydrated and protected.  A great moisturizer to choose is Aveda’s Botanical Kinetics hydrating lotion.
  2. Increase Sun Protection – Longer days and cool nights could only mean one thing: more sunscreen. More hours of daylight mean the greater the need for sunscreen application to protect your skin from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Sunscreen is considered to be one of the best anti-aging products that provides your skin with maximum protection.  Sunscreen should be applied 30 minutes before going outside to be most effective.  Color Science Sunforgettables has a great sun care kit for spring, it includes a loose mineral foundation SPF 30, lip shine SPF 35 and a hydrating setting mist that works great for rehydrating skin after sun exposure.
  3. Exfoliate Before Hair Removal – With cold winter temperatures and snow storms every weekend, chances are you might’ve skipped out on shaving for a week, or all winter long. Whether you have a few dry, rough patchy spots, or have gone au natural, it’s best to exfoliate before doing any hair removal treatments. Use a salt or sugar scrub to sluff away dead skin cells and create a smooth, spring glow.
  4. Pamper Your Feet – Open-toed shoe season means most of us will be eager to show our feet in sandals or flip flops after months of hiding in suede pumps and knee-high boots. As we begin to ditch our wool socks and get ready to show our spring manicure toes, we must pamper our feet before breaking in the footwear. A pumice stone is a great way to deal with calluses on your feet to exfoliate dead skin cells. To keep your feet soft and moisturized, it’s best to slather on a layer of cream, lotion, or body butter on your feet after showering or bathing. To get really soft feet, slip on a pair of cotton socks right after moisturizing with the new well’s Rose Mint Tea Tree lotion and leave them on overnight to have baby smooth skin.
  5. Hydrate – Protecting your skin for spring is as simple as drinking water. It helps skin stay naturally moisturized and hydrated to prevent the skin from becoming dry and chapped. Also, drinking more water is a great way to reduce weight, especially from loading up on all the comfort food during the long winter months. If you need to add some flavor to your water, add a couple drops of your favorite essential oil such as lemon, peppermint or grapefruit. This would double this as a natural immunity booster!

Why Is Fiber So Important?

It is actually because your body can’t digest fiber that it plays such an important part in digestion. Soluble fiber, like that found in cucumbers, blueberries, beans, and nuts, dissolves into a gel-like texture, helping to slow down your digestion. This helps you to feel full longer and is one reason why fiber may help with weight control.  Insoluble fiber, found in foods like dark green leafy vegetables, green beans, celery, and carrots, does not dissolve at all and helps add bulk to your stool. This helps food to move through your digestive tract more quickly for healthy elimination. Many whole foods, especially fruits and vegetables, naturally contain both soluble and insoluble fiber.

Soluble vs. Insoluble Fiber

Soluble fiber dissolves in water. Insoluble fiber does not. To some degree these differences determine how each fiber functions in the body and benefits your health.

Soluble fibers attract water and form a gel, which slows down digestion. Soluble fiber delays the emptying of your stomach and makes you feel full, which helps control weight. Slower stomach emptying may also affect blood sugar levels and have a beneficial effect on insulin sensitivity, which may help control diabetes. Soluble fibers can also help lower LDL (“bad”) blood cholesterol by interfering with the absorption of dietary cholesterol.

Sources of soluble fiber: oatmeal, oat cereal, lentils, apples, oranges, pears, oat bran, strawberries, nuts, flaxseeds, beans, dried peas, blueberries, psyllium, cucumbers, celery, and carrots.

Insoluble fibers are considered gut-healthy fiber because they have a laxative effect and add bulk to the diet, helping prevent constipation. These fibers do not dissolve in water, so they pass through the gastrointestinal tract relatively intact, and speed up the passage of food and waste through your gut. Insoluble fibers are mainly found in whole grains and vegetables.

Sources of insoluble fiber: whole wheat, whole grains, wheat bran, corn bran, seeds, nuts, barley, couscous, brown rice, bulgur, zucchini, celery, broccoli, cabbage, onions, tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, green beans, dark leafy vegetables, raisins, grapes, fruit, and root vegetable skins.

FiberWell An excellent source of both soluble and insoluble fiber. FiberWell helps to stimulate movement through your intestinal tract, which improves bowel regularity. It is a powdered fiber product designed primarily to provide the metabolic benefits of fiber, helping to support healthy intestinal function and integrity. It features 7 grams of dietary fiber per serving. This powdered formula is designed to support healthy intestinal function, and offers great support for those who want to promote healthy bowel motility.

9 Health Benefits of Fiber

There’s no shortage of research showing how fiber may boost your health. Some of its top potential benefits include:

  • Blood sugar control:Soluble fiber may help to slow your body’s breakdown of carbohydrates and the absorption of sugar, helping with blood sugar control.
  • Heart health:An inverse association has been found between fiber intake and heart attack, and research shows that those eating a high-fiber diet have a 40 percent lower risk of heart disease.
  • Stroke:Researchers have found that for every seven-grams more fiber you consume on a daily basis, your stroke risk is decreased by 7 percent.
  • Weight loss and management:Fiber supplements have been shown to enhance weight loss among obese people, likely because fiber increases feelings of fullness.
  • Skin health:Fiber, particularly psyllium husk, may help move yeast and fungus out of your body, preventing them from being excreted through your skin where they could trigger acne or rashes.
  • Diverticulitis:Dietary fiber (especially insoluble) may reduce your risk of diverticulitis – an inflammation of polyps in your intestine – by 40 percent.
  • Hemorrhoids:A high-fiber diet may lower your risk of hemorrhoids.
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS):Fiber may provide some relief from IBS.
  • Gallstones and kidney stones:A high-fiber diet may reduce the risk of gallstones and kidney stones, likely because of its ability to help regulate blood sugar.



$5 certificate for the Pro Shop inside Club Northwest!

Share the love in the month of February by giving the gift of health! VIP members receive 3 guest packages for friends and family including:

  • one week of exercise
  • a body composition analysis
  • a one on one consultation with a Certified Wellness Consultant
  • one free tranquility room visit

For every friend that joins with this special, you will receive ONE MONTH FREE*!

Not a VIP member yet? Purchase your VIP membership in February and receive all of the above plus:

  • 5 passes to Club Northwest for you or a friend
  • 4 passes to Kid Zone for you or a friend
  • 1 small smoothie from The Juice Company inside Club Northwest

*Free month can be Weight Loss, Well Balance or Live Well and cannot be applied to a previous purchase.

Contact us today to get signed up on the VIP plan!

Is Your Body in Need of Detoxification?

The question is no longer IF you are toxic, the real question is… HOW TOXIC ARE YOU?

Toxins and your Health

Throughout your daily life you are in constant contact with environmental toxins leading to health concerns in a variety of areas.  Center for Disease Control’s fourth national report on human exposure to environmental chemicals tested 212 chemicals and found all to be in blood and urine of most Americans! Where are these toxins coming from?

Daily, we are in contact with toxins such as cleaners, prescription drugs, air pollution, pesticides and many more, leading to health concerns in a variety of areas.  Unfortunately certain factors (genetics, environmental exposure, and unhealthy diet and lifestyle) can negatively affect how well you excrete the toxins to which you are exposed.  This creates a buildup of toxins in the body leading to an increase in toxic burden.

Do you need to make a change?

Look for symptoms in multiple body systems such as:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • General fatigue, weakness, joint or muscle pain
  • Irritability, headaches
  • Food allergies or chemical sensitivities
  • Brain fog
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Hormonal imbalances like PMS or menopausal symptoms
  • Acne or skin rashes
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Inflammation
  • Weight gain
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Digestion issues including gas, heartburn, bloating, diarrhea or constipation, and abdominal pain
  • Insomnia

What can you do?

Reboot Your Metabolism!

the new well now offers a Detoxification system that will help to normalize your body’s ability to process and excrete toxins, while you temporarily reduce the amount of incoming toxins.  It is a two part process that pulls toxins (including metals) from your body, especially your liver.  The liver is your body’s main detoxification organ.  It requires vitamins, minerals and amino acids from protein in order to work properly.

Metabolic detoxification is an energy dependent process.  the new well detoxification program utilizes well-researched nutrients, vitamins and herbs to balance and support the body’s detoxification pathways while keeping it well-nourished.  Juicing and other fasting programs can actually deprive your body of essential nutrients needed to support detoxification and can lead to the loss of valuable muscle.

If you would like more information on the Metabolic Reboot system, talk with one of your Certified Wellness Consultants during your next visit

People that have done this program report:

  • More energy and less fatigue
  • Less foggy headedness
  • Less coffee dependent
  • Less sugar cravings
  • Less water retention
  • Less digestive issues
  • Less chronic pain

As well as detoxing you should also consider reducing your exposure to toxins in:


  • Use chemical-free products in your home (soap, detergents, cleaning products, dryer sheets, natural insect and weed killers, etc).
  • Reduce chlorine exposure by attaching filters to your shower heads (chloroform is released when chlorinated water is heated.)
  • Avoid personal products with phthalates and paraben.

Food and Drink

  • Choose free-range, hormone, antibiotic free dairy, meats and eggs whenever possible
  • Choose fresh, cold-water fish in place of farm raised
  • When possible eat organic produce (try to stick to the “clean 15”  if buying non-organic*)
  • Always wash all produce very well before eating, peeling or cooking.

*See your Wellness Consultant for a full list of the “Clean 15” and the “Dirty Dozen”